Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Tunisian Aviation Industry and how it connected to things and politics

Some of you might not know about the Tunisian airline industry or Tunisia for that matter, and some of you might know one or two passenger airlines like Tunisair and Nouvelair, even though it is hard to believe that a country has just two airlines, but it is still true.

A lot of things come into consideration to argue the sentence above, one of them is: the Flag carrier airline Tunisair is a monopoly, since it is not only, the flag carrier but also owned by the government and one other major fact that one has to take into consideration which is: the economy is crumbling.

Why this airline has been struggling, well it is easy to comprehend, let's begin with its history and try to picture it, as everyone might know, North Africa was a colony of France and since Tunisia is a part of North Africa it has been colonised, but it was not like any other type of colony, the French still did some good, but it was mainly for their own purpose to live in good conditions, they invested in themselves not in North Africa as others might think, meanwhile things didn't have to cost them as much or sometimes it was free labor after all they are the coloniser, people were slaves they were not workers, so the French created things, they lets say "invested" and one of this investment was Tunisair, at first it was part of Air France but then after Tunisia took its independence Tunisair rose from the ashes of the war, the Tunisian Republic made its full appearance, and the problems began few years after that, when a dictator has taken over the country with his family for more than 23 years, the airline like other companies, has been used for their own profit, so the profit went to them instead of going to the people, and to be used for the country to flourish and become prosperous. They made Tunisair as the only airline company in Tunisia and made it powerful from doing nothing, they used it for traveling and buying aircraft that one of them was never used and nobody is sure whether it is sold or not...(the other company Nouvelair is a private company and can't do much because if Tunisair doesn't do that they can't do it, so the does and don't became more like a law than a purpose)

Nowadays with the Tunisian economy struggling Tunisair is one of the companies that needs to have a big boost, either being sold or they have to take other things into consideration. Its board of direction is basically useless, since they don't approve ideas and improvements that the company desperately needs, but the ministry of transport and the parliament are the responsible ones for such decisions, and considering the international concurrence that already exists, and the airline industry growing fast, when they end up approving something, others have already moved to something else, whether they like it or not, they can monopolise the airline locally but they can never do it internationally, and beside the fact that its main HUB Carthage has never been improved the airline industry will not boost itself up, there is no magic in the world, because the airport is also owned by the government and also instead of bringing money to the state, it is taking money from the people, and some people can't even afford a piece of bread, so the state thinks that these companies will bring money, but they didn't, they pour more money into them, then they repeat the same thing all over again, if you do the same thing more than once and you expect a different result but there isn’t one (by the way that is how one defines addiction) and after what 1,2, 3, 4 or 5 maybe 6 governments since 2011, to be fair I lost count, and as everyone knows the third in this case it might be 6th time is a charm but if it doesn't work get rid of it (by that I don't mean the government I mean the companies or the ideas used and how decisions are made), if you sell, it is not your problem anymore, because now it is not only the state's problem but the people's too, since it is taking their money and they gain nothing from it, to be fair they gain something it called: inflation. 

Well the ministry of Transport has too much on its plate, well it is their own fault, nobody told them to keep owning more than 30 companies, and some of these companies are just useless paperwork that they can easily get rid of by privatizing some of them. Let's get some facts in consideration, these companies are just not profitable anymore they used to be, in the 60s and 70s. These companies bring nothing to the people, like they were supposed to do, instead of giving social care to people these companies became a social case and they become a desperate need for help. They are like a sponge, it soaks all the water, you let it there for a second you come back it and it is dry, the water just poofs in the air, so it is not ready to do anything, so you have to soak it in water again and keep an eye on it, meanwhile other companies are going through the same thing, this blog is about aviation so let's focus on Tunisair. Well Tunisair is like that, you give it money that comes  from people's taxes, to say "let's invest", the money goes somewhere else, like workers need to be paid because we need 4000 people working for just 29 aircraft because that is logic, (because if 29 aircraft can't pay up the number of workers lets give them more money from the people and make the ticket prices for the Tunisian abroad who don't pay their does, cheaper: logic at its finest, around 133 people working on one aircraft) and beside you give it money, you buy its aircraft. One more thing why the ministry of transport is approving the reduction of ticket fares for people who live abroad, "the supposed to be Tunisian", they are people who have taken another country's citizenship, if they don't bring any taxes, if they don't pay their does why should we Tunisians who work our brains out, have to pay for their subvention meanwhile we are the ones who need that money for education, health, infrastructure, and social aid...if a person takes a second citizenship that person is a traitor and is not entitled to anything from their original country, they have taken the other country as their own, they have sworn to the other country, when they come back they should come back as tourists and they should be treated as such. (and most of them keep their citizenship illegally because some countries don’t allow such things) 

Let's say these companies get sold, one thing is sure: the parliament and the Ministries will care about other things, things that are much more important than: "what should the state subvention ?" and one other thing is sure, they will be sold to local companies owned by local Tunisians, and these companies will pay taxes and besides, they will grow themselves by themselves, what they do and how they do is none of the government business as long as they pay their does, don’t take their workers for granted and follow local and international laws, let them be, and eventually they will pay more taxes, for starters money will go to national bank instead of going out from it, therefore we the people will enjoy it, so we can have a better life, so we don't have to be the cause of brain drain, second the people will not worry about corruption, because well it is not owned by the state, the thought of a private company will make the people think and therefore say, 'it is none of our business, as long they are not given our money, let them do whatever they want", so the improvement will focus on other things, like international law for businesses, local laws, making healthcare much better, infrastructure, education, national security, social security, we van even afford to give unemployment benefit and for the cherry on top, less money borrowing from other countries, if the focus of the state and the parliament is on how to make companies profitable it is just reductive and time-consuming, and it has never brought anything good.

They take too much time on taking decisions and it brought nothing but the currency going down and the economy crumbling into pieces for no one to dare to collect and to shape it back, the thing is Tunisair is just an example, other companies are in much worse situation, and lets hope the situation will get better soon, because everyone is fed up on how things are being held and handled.